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The Best River Rafting Adventure in Tahoe, CA

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River Rafting on the Truckee River in Tahoe City

2–3 Hours • Adults: $68 • Children: $40

This leisurely raft ride takes you five miles down the beautiful Truckee River! Enjoy the amazing scenery and feel free to pack a lunch and drinks.


The Original Lake Tahoe Rafting Outfitter

We’re located on River Road/Highway 89 in the heart of Tahoe City, California less than 60 minutes south of Reno. Our signature raft excursions consist of a leisurely, self-guided, five-mile float down the Truckee River. Get ready to cruise through serene waters featuring picturesque mountain views and lively little rapids, punctuated here and there by swimming holes and sand bars.

Boasting nothing more than a gentle Class I ripple, this Truckee River rafting journey is perfect for guests of all ages and experience levels. Soak in the sun and trail your fingers through these tranquil waters that can be navigated by almost any kind of boat, from kayaks to inflatable rafts. Take a break at one of the many picnic spots along the banks or take a swim in the river’s refreshing swimming holes.

We happily welcome dogs and encourage you to bring lunch and drinks (please no Styrofoam or glass!). We’re the ONLY rafting concession that exits directly onto the River Ranch Patio, where you can enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch after your river float. We also have an onsite convenience store where you can purchase essentials you may need for your trip, including (but not limited to) food, snacks, beverages (including beer), and sunscreen.

This relaxing adventure takes 2-3 hours to complete. We have convenient parking right on site and door-to-door service. Not only does our friendly staff put you in a boat to start your adventure, but at the end of the day, they help you exit your boat, retrieve all your belongings, and ensure you have a great rest of your day.

Where to Find Us

We have a large parking lot across from the River Ranch called Hidden Valley.  All Rafters must park at the Hidden Valley parking lot! Our Truckee River Raft Company Shuttle Bus will take you right to the launch site and bring you back to your vehicle once your float concludes. Our shuttle bus serves patrons from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All of our trips Include: Free parking, shuttle bus, paddles, and life jackets for rafters 2 years and older. All rafts are large, sturdy, commercial white water grade and comfortable for 2-20 people!

There will be NO PARKING AT THE  LAUNCH SITE (185 River Rd.); ALL RAFTERS must report to our Hidden Valley parking lot at 2200 River Rd. Once parked we will check you in, we’ll have you sign your paperwork and put you on a shuttle to the launch site. After your trip a shuttle will be waiting at the River Ranch Lodge to return you to your vehicle.

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The #1 Rafting Company in Tahoe City!

A Must-Do!

Didn't originally have this on our Lake Tahoe itinerary, but at this point I would say it is a "can't miss" event. We brought some snacks and beers and had a really good 5 hours just floating down the river, and ended down at the pub for a bit too, lot of fun.

– Nya K. • Tripadvisor
Family Fun

Great experience. Fun & safe for the entire family. Would recommend it. Also enjoyed eating lunch at the restaurant at the exit. Departed on an early launch time so no crowds on the river. Enjoyed this day of rafting with my family. Very organized and seemed to have been run well.

– Lori W. • Tripadvisor
Loved It

We had an awesome time! Everything was well organized and easy to navigate. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The river is calm with just enough rapids to make it tricky for novice rafters. Our two kids (5 and 7) loved it! Highly recommend this company and activity!

– Jen A. • Tripadvisor

So fun! The scenery was beautiful and the water was crystal clear and perfect for swimming. Several areas of light rapids to raft over, felt very safe with no experience. Staff are super nice! Brought a cooler with drinks and snacks but ate at the restaurant at the end as well (great local beers!)

– Jen C. • Tripadvisor
Vacation Highlight

Truckee River Raft Company was one the biggest highlights of our visit to the Tahoe area! The trip was extremely relaxing and fun and the staff was beyond friendly. I would definitely recommend it to others heading that way.

– Cindy C. • Tripadvisor